Xrcvc associate Programme



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XRCVC Associate Programme

Do you have time which you always wanted to put to productive use which may also make a difference, but did not know where to start?

Every time you thought of volunteering at an NGO and were not able to find a place or if found a place not found work that meets your interest and need?

The Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC), St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai (Autonomous) (www.xrcvc.org) is extending an invitation to the talent pool in Mumbai to associate with some of its projects.

At the XRCVC we strongly believe that committed motivated individuals willing to drive projects contribute most to effective social change. We feel that there is a large pool of talented individuals in the city – be it students, between job and at home professionals and talented individuals, retired experts and others whose productivity is underutilised.

At the XRCVC we are always keen to do something new, peg an extra mile on our road to inclusion, but our staff strength limits us from saying yes to as many things as we would like to. That is what has inspired us to start the XRCVC Associate Programme (XAP).



What is the XRCVC Associate Programme?

A one year programme which aims at providing interested individuals a chance to directly contribute and professionally engage in the field of social change without being a full time non-profit professional.

The XRCVC invites applications to contribute to any of our following projects.

 


  • DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) Content Creation

  • Mathematics and Science Access

  • XRCVC Office Research and Support

  • Computer Training

  • English Language Training

A detailed profile and candidate skill requirement for each of the above is attached with the mail

What is your role as an Associate?

  • We need a one-year commitment starting August 2014.

  • We need time commitment of average 18 hours of work a week for 12 months, with 100 hours of leave permitted in a year.

  • Depending on the project you select you may have the flexibility of working from home or from project location.

  • You directly contribute to XRCVC’s projects that build inclusion for persons with blindness and low vision.

What is in it for you?

  • You get a chance to contribute to furthering inclusion for persons with blindness and low vision.

  • You get an opportunity to contribute your professional skills and/or talent in a structured way to a cause where it will make a difference.

  • You become part of a team that has been involved in making breakthrough changes in the past 10 years. E.g. Amendment to the Copyright Act of India, Installation of over 6000 Accessible ATMs across the country, Making Science Education possible for blind students within the CBSE and HSC boards, and many more.

  • You become part of the XRCVC; a department of St. Xavier’s College Mumbai (Autonomous), one of the most premier educational institutions in the country and get a chance to re-connect with college life.

  • You will also receive a certificate of XRCVC Associate Programme that recognises your work.

  • And whilst we cannot offer a high financial reward we would like to extend our thank you with a token honorarium of Rs.5, 000 (Rs. Five Thousand Only) at the end of the year.

Who can apply?

  • Our key criteria are commitment and motivation to work.

  • Formal Qualification is less of a concern to us as long as you have the required skill sets mentioned for the area you are applying for in the attached file.

  • We are a small team committed to making proactive changes. If you feel that your mindset matches that idea, it would be the most suitable mutual fit.

How to apply and who will get through?

  • Send us an email with the following details latest by 20 July 2014 at info@xrcvc.org using the subject line ‘XAP application'    

  1. Name

  2. Age

  3. Contact Details: Phone and Email

  4. Current Activities (work or otherwise)

  5. Project name you would like to apply to. (you can apply to more than one, mention your order of priority)

  6. Skill set that you think you can bring to the project

  7.  Interest areas

  8. Reason for applying to the XAP?

  9. How did you hear about the XAP?

  • Expect to hear from us by 31 July 2014 if your application is shortlisted, and we will schedule a telephonic/in person interview at a mutually convenient time.

  • We are looking for a committed group of people who we can consider as our extended team.

Role Profiles for XRCVC Associate Programme (XAP)
DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) Content Creation
- A project to create accessible print content (DAISY*) for blind and low vision users. DAISY are specially marked up easily navigable soft copy books that make reading fun and on par with sighted reading, for blind and low vision readers.

- The Associate will be involved in creating DAISY books and will also be expected to contribute to other XRCVC book creation processes involving scanning and editing of hard copy books.


Requirements: Computer fluency (MS Office), Comfort with use of new softwares, English Language fluency, Work from home possibility, access to computer at home on which you can work.

*Training for DAISY content creation will be provided.
Mathematics and Science Access
- Mathematics and Science Access Project at the XRCVC is aimed at creating access to these subjects for blind and low vision students.

- The Associate’s role will be to help in creating accessible mathematics and science content involving typing of content using MathType* as well as conversion of the same to MathML*. (MathML books make mathematics content accessible to screen readers).

- In addition, the Associate will also be engaged in research and ideation of developing of Teaching Learning Aids for making mathematics and science learning more engaging for students with blindness and low vision.
Requirements: Computer fluency, Comfort with use of new softwares, Interest and aptitude for mathematics and science, English Language fluency, Interest in research and ability to compile ideas, Analytical skills, Creativity and Artistic skills and 3D modelling skills are an additional plus.

* Training for MathType and MathML will be provided.
XRCVC Advocacy Research and Support
- The XRCVC is engaged in a wide range of advocacy, awareness and direct support programmes. More about the same can be read at www.xrcvc.org

- The XRCVC Advocacy Research and Support Associate will work as a back end support for the XRCVC’s wide ranging initiatives and contribute to advocacy as well as direct support service projects.

- The tasks may range from organising our library systems to helping us with data for policy recommendations as also ideating on new ways of achieving access in education, consumer goods and others areas.

- This is for someone who would like to get a range of experience by doing ground work for projects and ideas.


Requirements: Computer fluency, English Language fluency, Interest in research and ability to compile ideas, Analytical thinking and creativity to be able to think of out of the box, Willingness and ability to work in a team and do a range of tasks.
Computer Training

- The XRCVC offers computer and access technology training to blind and low vision users. Variety of access technologies such as screen readers and magnifiers make computers accessible to the blind and low vision persons.

- The Computer Training Associate will be involved in our extension training programme aimed at offering training services to students across Mumbai colleges.

- A Training for Trainers programme will be offered to you before you will be expected to start direct training.


Requirements: Complete knowledge of computers and use, Basic Knowledge of Computer Hardware, Ability to teach and communicate ideas, Fluency in multiple languages (English, Hindi, Marathi), interest in working with young adults, willingness to travel across the city, ability to work in a team and trouble shoot on the ground, Any teaching experience in the past is an additional plus.
English Training

- The XRCVC offers English training to blind and low vision users. Due to a wide range of special schools education being in the regional language, English remains a challenge for students joining English medium courses for higher education.

- The English Training Associate will be involved in our extension training programme aimed at offering training services to students across Mumbai colleges.

- A Training for Trainers programme will be offered to you before you will be expected to start direct training.



Requirements: English fluency, Additional language fluency(Hindi/Marathi), Fluency in the use of Computers, Ability to teach and communicate ideas, Interest in working with young adults, willingness to travel across the city, ability to work in a team and trouble shoot on the ground, Any teaching experience of the past is an additional plus.

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